Minor in Operations Research

Operations Research is applicable to all majors at the Colorado School of Mines. Specifically, Operations Research involves mathematically modeling physical systems (both naturally occurring and man-made) with a view to determining a course of action for said system to either improve or optimize its functionality. Examples of such systems are: manufacturing systems, chemical processes, socio-economic systems, power systems, mechanical systems, e.g., those that produce energy, and mining systems. The formal approach includes optimization, (e.g., linear programming, nonlinear programming, integer programming), decision analysis, stochastic modeling, and simulation.

The Operations Research minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours of a logical sequence of courses. Only three of these hours may be taken in the student's degree-granting department. Three of these hours must consist of a deterministic modeling course, three must consist of a stochastic modeling course, and no more than three must draw from a survey course (combining both stochastic and deterministic modeling). Eligible courses include:

Deterministic Modeling
  • EBGN452: Nonlinear Programming*
  • CSCI262: Data Structures
  • CSCI/MATH406: Algorithms
  • CSCI404: Artificial Intelligence
  • EBGN455: Linear Programming*
  • EBGN456: Network Models*
  • EBGN457: Integer Programming*
  • EENG307: Introduction to Feedback Control
  • MATH332: Linear Algebra
  • EENG417: Modern Control Design
  • MEGN502: Advanced Engineering Analysis
Stochastic Modeling 
  • EBGN459: Supply Chain Management*
  • EBGN461: Stochastic Modeling in Management Science*
  • EBGN528: Industrial Systems Simulation
  • EBGN560: Decision Analysis
  • MATH424: Introduction to Applied Statistics
  • MATH438: Stochastic Models
  • MNGN438/PEGN438: Geostatistics
  • MTGN450: Statistical Process Control and Design of Experiments 
Survey Course
  • EBGN325: Operations Research* 
  • MNGN433: Mine Systems Analysis
*Equivalently, a student may take the corresponding 500-level course. 


Course Deterministic
Survey Prerequisites
CSCI262: Data Structures X      
CSCI/MATH406: Algorithms X      
CSCI404: Artificial Intelligence X      
EBGN325: Operations Research     X MATH112
EBGN452: Nonlinear Programming X     EBGN455*,
EBGN455: Linear Programming X     MATH332 or
MATH348 or
EBGN456: Network Models X     MATH111 or
EBGN457: Integer Programming X     EBGN455*
EBGN459: Supply Chain
  X   MATH111 or
EBGN461: Stochastic Modeling in
Management Science
  X   EBGN504*
EBGN528: Industrial Systems
  X   MATH111,
EBGN560: Decision Analysis   X   EBGN504*
EENG307: Introduction to Feedback
X     DCGN381,
EENG417: Modern Control Design X     EENG307
EGGN493: Engineering Design
    X consent of
EGGN502: Interdisciplinary Modeling
and Simulation
X     MATH111,
fourier theory
MATH424: Introduction to Applied
MATH332: Linear Algebra X      
MATH438: Stochastic Models   X    
MNGN433: Mine Systems Analysis     X  
MNGN438/PEGN438: Geostatistics2   X    
MTGN450: Statistical Process Control
and Design of Experiments
  X   Junior standing
Totals 14 11 3

*= or permission of instructor
1 Not an option for Engineers 
2 Only the MNGN or PEGN option may be taken

Contact Information
Minor forms are available at the Registrar's office. Once the form is filled out, Dr. Newman or Dr. Rebennack will review and sign your minor form. Once signed, return the form to the Registrar's office.

Dr. Alexandra Newman
Professor of Economics and Business
Engineering Hall, 319

Dr. Steffen Rebennack
Professor of Economics and Business
Engineering Hall, 310



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